Occupy Providence Hospital Pool: People with disabilities organize to save a community resource
Host Cecil Prescod interviews Noah Dundas and Brian Crosby-Payne about a grass roots effort to save the only warm water therapy pool in the Portland area.
In 1992 Dorothy Torgler, a foundational pillar for Providence Hospital, through a charitable contribution, made possible a therapy pool. It serves elderly and children, people with cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, post-surgical patients, individuals with autism, and more. Warm water adaptive exercise programs help alleviate the pain of arthritis and increase range of motion for stroke patients, those recovering from injury, and those who are physically challenged by disabilities.
The hospital plans to convert it for a day surgery facility (one is already located at the hospital). When the pool users found out about this plan, they began to organize to save the pool. In a matter of a couple of weeks more than 500 people have signed their petition to save the pool.
Join us for a discussion on how a group of people living with disabilities are building community and confronting corporate power.
- Length: 54:45 minutes (50.13 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)